October 29, 2010
TAKE THIS job and shove it. That's basically what Rangers fan Boris Briskin told his boss when told he couldn't take time off to watch his team clinch the American League pennant. According to Yahoo! Sports, Briskin, of Plano, Texas, quit his job as a law clerk in Southern California after being told he couldn't get vacation time to go to Arlington for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. The Rangers defeated the Yankees, 6-1, in that game to advance to the World Series.
July 17, 1987 |
I have a 1969 New York Mets National League championship pennant for the World Series. It is in good shape, with the names of all the ballplayers and the manager. Do you know its value? Because 1969 brought the "Miracle Mets" their first National League pennant (and their first World Series victory) and because Mets and Yankees material is sought by collectors, your 1969 Mets NL champions pennant (sold at the World Series) is worth $20 to $30, according to Bob Schmierer, who heads the Eastern Pennsylvania Sports Collectors Club, Box 37, Maple Glen, Pa. 19002.
June 8, 1988 |
If history can repeat itself, the Philadelphia Phillies should win the National League pennant this year. I know that's a bold prediction considering the way the Phillies have played so far this season. The circumstances, however, make this an easy prediction. Every year a filly (please note the difference in spelling) has won the Kentucky Derby, the Phillies have claimed a pennant. So until Winning Colors darted across the finish line May 7, I'd written off the Phillies.
May 29, 2016 |
IF YOU READ this column, you probably know that I grew up in New York, rooted for the baseball Giants and hated the New York Yankees (as most Giants and Dodgers fans did). So when my beloved Giants left for San Francisco in 1958, I decided to root for the American League team that had the best chance to beat the Yankees. That turned out to be the Chicago White Sox. I have been a White Sox fan since, (and, of course, a Phillies fan in the NL). My adopted team rewarded me by winning the AL pennant in 1959, the first year I rooted for them.
October 13, 1993 |
The calm before the storm. Philadelphia is poised to semi-explode this evening - all the Phillies have to do is win the National League pennant over the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 at Veterans Stadium. The super explosion, of course, will follow the Phillies' World Series victory. But that's next week. Two astonishing victories Sunday and Monday in Atlanta left the Phillies one game shy of their first pennant since 1983. And acting very much like a team of destiny. The signs of fan excitement were everywhere: the Phillies cap worn by an ophthalmologist's receptionist, friendly waves among red-jacketed strangers, wisps of conversation at every lunch counter and water cooler, even Phillies chit-chat on WXPN-FM's public radio begathon.
June 17, 1993 |
For much of the 1983 baseball season, the Phillies seemed more like a wax museum than a team. There were familiar faces everywhere, lots of history, but no signs of life. They had Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt, but all they did was collect dust for four months in the National League East. They were sputtering along in fourth place, two games under .500 in late July. Morgan was hitting around .200. Rose was mired in the low .240s. The team picture was a Dorian Gray portrait, aging by the day. Sixteen players on the roster were over the age of 30. Four were in their 40s, with Rose the oldest at 42. "The Wheeze Kids", that was the label Daily News columnist Stan Hochman put on them in spring training, and it stuck.
June 20, 2010 |
As the Phillies swaggered onto the Nationals Park grass for the start of their 2010 season, they looked nothing like a team that less than two months later would detour into a forest of self-doubt. They'd been to consecutive World Series and, given the trade for Roy Halladay and the shortcomings of many National League rivals, seemed destined for a third. "With the additions they made and the offense they had, they were head and shoulders above everybody else. They had an edge," said John Smoltz, the longtime Braves pitcher.
September 4, 1988 |
"Sometimes," Phillies manager Lee Elia likes to say, "you can add by subtracting. " And sometimes you can lose by winning, which is what the Phillies may very well have done five years ago. To Bill Giles and his partners, 1983 must have seemed like the start of a giddy joy ride. Just one year under their belts as the proud owners of a major-league baseball franchise and they were in a World Series. "I almost had to laugh after '83," said Paul Owens, who came down from the front office in midseason to manage.
September 9, 2001 |
Imagine how envious Larry Bowa would be if he could see and feel the energy that pulsates through the Chicago Cubs clubhouse these days. A year after sharing living space with the Phillies in the National League basement, the Cubs also have postseason aspirations. But while the Phillies' collective pulse thub-dubs slowly as October approaches - maddening their manager - the Cubs' heartbeat races as if it just gulped down a dozen double espressos. Look behind the counter and you will see that Sammy Sosa is the guy serving up those super-charged cups of caffeine.
August 2, 1992 |
They've played a large part of their season with light-hitting Rey Sanchez at shortstop, the since-demoted Gary Scott at third base, the immortal Doug Dascenzo in center field. Yet, the Chicago Cubs, 9 1/2 games out of first place on July 18 and a team that has scored the fewest runs in the majors, find themselves in the middle of a pennant race. God bless the wretched National League East where anybody can be winner. "There's no Oakland or Toronto here," said Larry Himes, the Cubs' executive vice president of baseball operations, "and in that sense, it's good because fan interest is up. Everybody is involved.